The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in conjunction with Pro-Health International recently moved its free medical mission to Omuma Local Government Council where over 5,000 people, mostly peasant farmers of Owaha Clan in Eberi Central of the LGA; their kith and kin from Etche and the neighboring people of Abia State treated for various ailments.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman of Omuma LGA, Hon. Emmanuel Anucha lauded the Commission for embarking on infrastructural development projects in the area and for extending its free healthcare programme to Omuma.
The Chairman who was represented by Hon. John Opurum, Secretary to Omuma LGA revealed that the Council was planning to organize a free healthcare programme with a Non-Governmental Organization before NDDC came to their aid. Opurum also disclosed that NDDC’s pioneering development efforts in the area has spurred the State Government and other development agencies to remember the hitherto forgotten people of Etche land. He, therefore, called on all stakeholders in the region to live up to their responsibility of developing the area.
“I am so delighted that this free healthcare progamme is happening in Omuma today . The entire council is commending NDDC and the Federal Government for its sustainable development efforts in the region. We appreciate the NDDC for the construction of the Okehi-Omuma road and bridge and for the provision of other projects in the area.
Before now, we were cut off from our relatives on the other side of the Imo River with its attendant hazards.
But today you can see jubilation on the faces of our people who have come to receive treatment for their various ailments, because of what NDDC has done in the area,” the elated Secretary said.
The Acting Chairman of Omuma Area Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, Eze Monday Ojiegbe (J.P) also expressed his gratitude to NDDC for all the projects the Commission has embarked on in his domain.
Calling on the people of Omuma to be law abiding and to live in peace with their neighbours, the Managing Director/CEO of the Commission, Mr. Chibuzor Ugwoha, who was represented by Mr. Lucky Alare, assured the Council of accelerated development in the region.
“We are calling on the good people of Eberi Omuma to be law abiding and to live in peace with your neighbours. This is because there will be no meaningful development without an atmosphere of peace. Peace will encourage NDDC to site more projects in your community,” Mr. Ugwoha assured the people,”
The Coordinator of Pro-Health International Services, Dr. Magdalene Orizuru called on the people to take their health seriously by seeking medical treatment whenever they fall sick instead of resorting to self medication. Dr. Orizuru explained that patients received treatment for various ailments ranging from hernia, eye and tooth diseases, malaria and other related ailments.